Case study

Forgotten Learners: Step up to HE at Staffordshire University

21 Mar 2018

The Step Up to Higher Education programme is a part-time, accessible academic programme for mature students who are looking to progress on to a range of courses at Staffordshire University. It is designed specifically for individuals who may have been out of education for some time, are currently working and/or have a range of commitments.

The previous two cohorts have produced over a hundred students on undergraduate programmes at the university who began their education journeys through Step Up to HE. These students are training to be the paramedics, social workers, lawyers and games designers of the future.

The course situates itself in helping students develop and underpin the key academic skills required for degree level study whilst also having an emphasis on developing each learners’ self-efficacy in a higher education environment. While on the course students receive practical and professional advice on a one-to-one level. Both the teaching and pastoral support experience on the programme have had a positive impact on student confidence, supporting the improvement of student retention results across the university.